9 Nigerian Celebrities Who Are Single Parents

Whether they’re single moms by choice, divorce, a heartbreaking loss or relationships that just didn’t work out, these famous single parents definitely define what it means to be supermoms!

Celebrities including Genevieve Nnaji, Waje, Kate Henshaw and a host of other strong women are proud to be single parents to their adorable little ones.

While balancing careers in the entertainment space – either as a musician, model or actor, these famous ladies are doing a great job with bringing up children on their own and making it look easy.

Regardless of how they came about having their bundles of joy, this league of parents have played the role of mother and father to their child or children, especially when either is not available and it is only right to applaud their efforts.

Below are 9 Nigerian celebrities who are single parents with beautiful and strong child or children to show for their struggles over the years.

1. Tonto Dikeh

Tonto Charity Dikeh is a Nigerian actress, singer, songwriter and humanitarian.

Tonto is a mother of one. When she was married to her ex-husband Olakunle Churchill, she had King Andre Omodayo Dikeh (previously Churchill). On February 17th, 2016, Andre was born. She adores him and is striving to be a wonderful mother.

2. Uche Ogbodo

Uche Ogbodo is a Nigerian film actress and producer. Ogbodo currently has two children. Pretty Nollywood actress, Uche Ogbodo in 2013 tied the knot with Apo Arthur; although the union was short-lived. She welcomed her first child, Mildred, in 2014 and her second child in 2021.

3. Waje

Aituaje, known professionally as Waje, is a Nigerian singer whose vocal range covers three octaves. She first gained recognition after being featured on the remake of P-Square’s "Omoge Mi". Waje is a single mother to her daughter, Emerald Iruobe.

4. Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji is a Nigerian actress, producer, and director. She won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005, making her the first actor to win the award. Genevieve Nnaji gave birth to her daughter at the age of 17. Her daughter is also married.

5. Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage is a British-Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress. Tiwa Savage was married to Tunji "Tee Billz" Balogun. On 23 November 2013, the couple held their traditional marriage at the Ark in Lekki. The couple's white wedding was held on 26 April 2014 at the Armani Hotel in Dubai. On 1 January 2015, Savage and Balogun announced that they were expecting their first child together. Six months later, Savage gave birth to their son.

On 28 April 2016, Balogun accused his wife of infidelity and his mother-in-law of witchcraft. In a 45-minute interview conducted by This Day newspaper and Pulse Nigeria, Savage extensively addressed her husband's lengthy social media posts regarding their marriage. She debunked her husband's infidelity claims and accused him of financial recklessness, drug addiction and abandonment. She said her marriage to him was over.

6. Kate Henshaw

Kate Henshaw, also known as Kate Henshaw-Nuttall is a professional Nigerian actress. In 2008 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the movie Stronger than Pain.

Kate Henshaw married British-born Roderick James Nuttal in 1999, and have one child together. Kate Henshaw and Nuttal divorced in 2011.

7. Yvonne Jegede

Yvonne Jegede is a Nigerian actress, film producer, model, and television personality; notable for producing 3 is Company. She rose to prominence after she made a cameo appearance in the music video African Queen by 2Face Idibia alongside Annie Macaulay.

Yvonne Jegede is a single mother to her Son, Xavier Jegede. Her marriage with Olakunle Fawole lasted for a year.

8. Iyabo Ojo

Marrying a Lagos-based movie marketer in 1999, when she was 21, Iyabo Ojo took a break from pursuing her career. She gave birth to a son and then a daughter (born in 1999 and 2001 respectively), namely Felix Ojo and Priscilla Ajoke Ojo, but is now divorced from their father. She has attributed the breakup of her first marriage to marrying too young.

9. Adunni Ade

Adunni has two sons; D'Marion and Ayden. She revealed that after she made a difficult choice to break up with their father, she would continue being a single parent.

If there’s anyone who didn’t make our list, kindly mention in the comment section.

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